Will Nerlens Noel Play in This Season?
Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel said today during an interview on Sirus/XM radio that it's possible he could debut this season. Noel tore his ACL in February and underwent surgery in March.
Back in October, Sixers coach Brett Brown said he and others in the organization doubted that Noel will play this season after ACL surgery during the off-season. Back on September 18th, Noel said that he's "really starting to feel like [his] old self," but that there was no timetable for his return.
Many including Noel though he could be ready to play by Christmas time at the earliest, which is next week - that timetable doesn't seem to be a realistic.
Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie stressed that Noel's long-term health is the team's sole focus, clearly adding Noel, a 7'0" and 206 pound big-man would help the Sixers. Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks over 24 games as a freshmen with Kentucky prior to tearing his ACL.